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Old 23-05-2013, 04:55
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I was browsing on Spotify tonight and I came across an album full of big club hits from the past (2000-2006) and I listened and remembered these:

Freeloaders vs the Real Thing - So Much Love to Give
Supermode - Tell Me Why
Sunset Strippers - Falling Stars
Sunblock vs Robin Beck - First Time
Rockwell - Somebody's Watching Me


These tracks reminded me of being a child and I recall joining secondary school around when these songs were in the charts... It's funny when you see just how much Dance music has changed mainstream.

It used to be the likes of these and now it's very different with stuff like Swedish House Mafia, Afrojack, Disclosure, Avicii etc
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Old 23-05-2013, 12:33
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Love oldschool dance...
Nightcrawlers - push the feeling on
Robin s - show me love
Bucketheads - the bomb
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Old 23-05-2013, 12:34
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I wouldn't consider these "old school", since they were popular when I was in senior school. I'm not THAT old!

But yeah, I think the past (especially around 2003-2007) had better dance music today. Now people release dance songs because it's the most popular genre in the mainstream. Pop stars release dance songs to get #1. And you can release any old song, which results in lots of lazy and boring dance songs making the chart...

Supermode are actually Swedish House Mafia without Sebastian Ingrosso. But I love Tell Me Why too, it's brilliant. September used the sample in Cry For You as well.

I liked Falling Stars too. And I also liked Cabin Crew's version.

I do like some of the dance music today though. Disclosure's songs are awesome. Swedish House Mafia are good as well, it's just Don't You Worry Child and Save the World that I don't like. They're so soppy. But I like their songs Miami 2 Ibiza and Antidote.

I think 2009-2011 were the absolute worst years for dance music. Absolutely horrific. It's gotten a bit better recently imo.
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Old 23-05-2013, 12:40
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Yeah same, wouldn't consider these old school, ols school is more 90s dance music. The freeloaders song is still on my ipod, such a classic. I miss the 90s stuff, but then i wasnt going to clubs around then as i wasnt old enough, but have loads of old school classics on my ipod. New dance music is great though, if you ever go to creamfields festival or something like that you get to hear all sorts of dance music, and the technology these days makes it so easy for djs! daft punk are the best for me, does anyone know which equipment they use to sample?
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Old 23-05-2013, 15:52
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I was browsing on Spotify tonight and I came across an album full of big club hits from the past (2000-2006) and I listened and remembered these:

Freeloaders vs the Real Thing - So Much Love to Give
Supermode - Tell Me Why
Sunset Strippers - Falling Stars
Sunblock vs Robin Beck - First Time
Rockwell - Somebody's Watching Me


These tracks reminded me of being a child and I recall joining secondary school around when these songs were in the charts... It's funny when you see just how much Dance music has changed mainstream.

It used to be the likes of these and now it's very different with stuff like Swedish House Mafia, Afrojack, Disclosure, Avicii etc
as has been pointed out 'old skool' dance is early-mid 90's dance, not that stuff from yesterday (well it seems like it).

i much prefer swedish house mafia, disclosure and avicii (as tim berg) anyday over those tracks you listed 4 of which are re-hashed retro tracks..... sorry.
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Old 23-05-2013, 16:12
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Yeah same, wouldn't consider these old school, ols school is more 90s dance music. The freeloaders song is still on my ipod, such a classic. I miss the 90s stuff, but then i wasnt going to clubs around then as i wasnt old enough, but have loads of old school classics on my ipod. New dance music is great though, if you ever go to creamfields festival or something like that you get to hear all sorts of dance music, and the technology these days makes it so easy for djs! daft punk are the best for me, does anyone know which equipment they use to sample?
I don't know, but if I had to make an educated guess I'd say Ableton and/or Logic Pro/Pro Tools.
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Old 23-05-2013, 17:19
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I was browsing on Spotify tonight and I came across an album full of big club hits from the past (2000-2006) and I listened and remembered these:

Freeloaders vs the Real Thing - So Much Love to Give
Supermode - Tell Me Why
Sunset Strippers - Falling Stars
Sunblock vs Robin Beck - First Time
Rockwell - Somebody's Watching Me


These tracks reminded me of being a child and I recall joining secondary school around when these songs were in the charts... It's funny when you see just how much Dance music has changed mainstream.

It used to be the likes of these and now it's very different with stuff like Swedish House Mafia, Afrojack, Disclosure, Avicii etc
Hun, those aren't old school or else I am ancient

I would consider Livin' Joy, Robin S, De' Lacey, N-Trance, Tony Di Bart, etc as "old school"
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Old 23-05-2013, 18:58
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Old 23-05-2013, 21:41
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Asha - JJ Tribute
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So many more i could list.
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Old 24-05-2013, 05:54
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as has been pointed out 'old skool' dance is early-mid 90's dance
Who loves you, and who do you love? The Messiah!

..and continuing with the "90s dance that had drops from scifi movies in them" theme:

Antiloop - Purpose in Life
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Old 24-05-2013, 06:32
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Ah, Cathy Dennis *swoon*

Whatever happened to her?
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Old 24-05-2013, 08:44
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Ah, Cathy Dennis *swoon*

Whatever happened to her?
Massively successful and in-demand songwriter - Kylie's "Can't get you out of my head" is one of many
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Old 24-05-2013, 18:30
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The last really truly brilliant dance year for me was 2000, although 2001-2003 are a sort of silver age - the stuff in the charts was a little poppier but still pretty great.

Saying that I think the stuff made from about 2010 onwards has been better than most of the mid-late noughties. Would much rather listen to Swedish House Mafia/Nero/Disclosure than the repetitive 80s-sampling looped house that dominated around eight years ago!
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Old 24-05-2013, 19:42
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Hun, those aren't old school or else I am ancient

I would consider Livin' Joy, Robin S, De' Lacey, N-Trance, Tony Di Bart, etc as "old school"
I'm even more ancient as old school for me means Caister Anthems
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Old 25-05-2013, 08:10
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The last really truly brilliant dance year for me was 2000, although 2001-2003 are a sort of silver age - the stuff in the charts was a little poppier but still pretty great.

Saying that I think the stuff made from about 2010 onwards has been better than most of the mid-late noughties. Would much rather listen to Swedish House Mafia/Nero/Disclosure than the repetitive 80s-sampling looped house that dominated around eight years ago!
agreed
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Old 25-05-2013, 12:42
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Anything pre-2000 seems to be labelled 'Old School' these days. I miss the 'Old School' sound of UK Garage during the 95-2000 period and also I'm a huge fan of 80s soul and funk I guess the 'dance music' of it's time.
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Old 25-05-2013, 13:46
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I was browsing on Spotify tonight and I came across an album full of big club hits from the past (2000-2006) and I listened and remembered these:

Freeloaders vs the Real Thing - So Much Love to Give
Supermode - Tell Me Why
Sunset Strippers - Falling Stars
Sunblock vs Robin Beck - First Time
Rockwell - Somebody's Watching Me


These tracks reminded me of being a child and I recall joining secondary school around when these songs were in the charts... It's funny when you see just how much Dance music has changed mainstream.

It used to be the likes of these and now it's very different with stuff like Swedish House Mafia, Afrojack, Disclosure, Avicii etc
When you said Old School I thought you meant songs from round about 1991/'92.

The only version of 'Somebody's watching me' by Rockwell I know came out in 1984 which is about 20 years before the era you're talking about. Obviously there must have been a remix of it.

Do you think music has really changed that much in the past 5 - 10 years. I don't think it has.
If you played me a dance song or any song for that matter that was recorded in say 2003 which was 10 years ago, and I'd never ever heard that song before, then you played me a song that was recorded in 2013 and I'd never heard that before either and you asked me to guess which song sounds older I'd probably wouldn't know because music has changed very little over the past 10 years.

I went to school in the 80s and if you played 2 songs that I'd never heard before - one from 1980, one from 1990 I could tell you EXACTLY which was the older song.
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Old 25-05-2013, 20:24
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The last really truly brilliant dance year for me was 2000, although 2001-2003 are a sort of silver age - the stuff in the charts was a little poppier but still pretty great.

Saying that I think the stuff made from about 2010 onwards has been better than most of the mid-late noughties. Would much rather listen to Swedish House Mafia/Nero/Disclosure than the repetitive 80s-sampling looped house that dominated around eight years ago!
Now normally I'm a rock fan and hated the rave era, but your comments about 2000 dance music are well right. At this time Britpop was dead and buried, the next generation of rock acts like Limp Bizkit were a year off, and the alternatives to dance music were banal pop and garage. Dance was the only deal in town as it had thrown off this cheesy, naff image it had developed in the mid nineties and in terms of production values, the quality of the music and the anthems it was top dog. However, by 2002 the music form was in decline, a few years later dance is dead comments were common on forums, and a new generation of rock bands had got me back to guitars.
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Old 26-05-2013, 02:40
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Yes.

I loved Let Me Think About It when it got released.
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Old 26-05-2013, 04:23
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Old 26-05-2013, 09:31
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When you said Old School I thought you meant songs from round about 1991/'92.

The only version of 'Somebody's watching me' by Rockwell I know came out in 1984 which is about 20 years before the era you're talking about. Obviously there must have been a remix of it.

Do you think music has really changed that much in the past 5 - 10 years. I don't think it has.
If you played me a dance song or any song for that matter that was recorded in say 2003 which was 10 years ago, and I'd never ever heard that song before, then you played me a song that was recorded in 2013 and I'd never heard that before either and you asked me to guess which song sounds older I'd probably wouldn't know because music has changed very little over the past 10 years.

I went to school in the 80s and if you played 2 songs that I'd never heard before - one from 1980, one from 1990 I could tell you EXACTLY which was the older song.
you make a very good point about music not progressing..

Now normally I'm a rock fan and hated the rave era, but your comments about 2000 dance music are well right. At this time Britpop was dead and buried, the next generation of rock acts like Limp Bizkit were a year off, and the alternatives to dance music were banal pop and garage. Dance was the only deal in town as it had thrown off this cheesy, naff image it had developed in the mid nineties and in terms of production values, the quality of the music and the anthems it was top dog. However, by 2002 the music form was in decline, a few years later dance is dead comments were common on forums, and a new generation of rock bands had got me back to guitars.
UK garage, not garage m8... is a form of dance anyway and i like it! imho it was the last of the great british movements.
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Old 26-05-2013, 09:35
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to answer the op's question, no, i dont miss old skool dance...i miss original fresh dance material. ok, imho dance has picked up abit, the mid 00's seemed to be dominated by raiding retroland and putting a dance beat over the track/sample (as the op's list post #1 highlights), i disliked that...it was lazy and only served to stifle dance music. that sort of crap shouldnt be accepted, new original material should.
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Old 26-05-2013, 13:32
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90s old skool and early 2000s was definitely the best for dance! 3 of my favourites. ..

Dee Dee-Forever
Alice Deejay-Better Off Alone
Matt Darey/Marcella Woods-Beautiful
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Old 03-06-2013, 01:45
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I do love the Old Skool and the places I went (Berwick Manor, Braintree Barn, a few weekends like Camber Sands etc) but I do still like some of the newer music (D&B, Nu Skool Breaks, Dubstep etc).
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Old 03-06-2013, 03:28
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I know it's not exactly old school since it's early 00's but I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Dannii Minogue. I remember I Begin To Wonder and Who Do You Love Now were awesome tunes
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